Our Approach to Housing

A Stepped Approach

Madulammoho pioneered what we call the “stepped approach to housing”.

Based on demand-side affordability, Madulammoho developed a stepped approach to providing people with alternative housing options at different rental levels. Households then make housing choices according to their incomes.

How it Works

The stepped approach demonstrates that as people are supported and their skills are developed, they are able to earn more and, as a result, their housing options improve. However if incomes decline, tenants may need to seek a ‘reduced’ alternative. In this model, whatever the case, households will at the very least have access to clean and safe accommodation options.

Becoming a Tenant

All our unit are RENTAL units only

Before a tenant is placed in one of our units, they have to undertake an extensive screening and workshop process so that they are aware of their responsibilities and rights as a Madulammoho tenant before they move in. During these workshops potential tenants are explained what Social Housing is, how to understand a lease agreement and what are the house rules.  It is very important to clarify upfront that this is a rental model, and no ownership is offered. This is also to ensure that those benefiting from our services are South African citizens.

Madulammoho has a range of criteria that must be complied with before you can become a tenant of ours. In order to qualify for social housing you also need to meet a range of criteria set out by the Social Housing Act (No. 16 of 2008) and Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA)

Climbing the Madulammoho housing ladder

Madulammoho tenants are able to climb up or down our housing ladder depending on their need. Due to high demand and low tenant turnover, reduced housing alternatives are limited to availability.

Shelter (daily/irregular income R0 – R800)

On the first step of the housing ladder is shelter accomodation. This is for people earning a daily income (car guards, rubbish collectors, painters, gardeners, etc.) who have no bank account, and might be  nomadic or migratory. They may have moved into the area for short-term work, and providing shelter for them means they will not end up on the streets or in slum housing. Shelter is the least recognized form of accommodation, but it is also the most needed.

Transitional housing (monthly income R500 – R1200)

This is a housing arrangement that is often misunderstood. Transitional housing is not a decant facility and is not a permanent arrangement. It is the first formal step up from shelter accommodation in that there is an official lease agreement in place for up to 24 months. Transitional housing is usually temporary in the form of shared accommodation with shared rooms, bathrooms and kitchens.

The idea is to provide people with training, equipping them for improved employment opportunities so that they can move on to more stable housing. Our transitional housing tenants pay a deposit and rent the actual bed space. It looks the same as a shelter, but the locker and bed space is rented through a lease agreement. There are four beds per room (divided into male and female rooms) with communal kitchens and showers.

Our transitional housing tenants can expect to pay between R180 and R220 per month, plus water and electricity. Transitional housing also comes with 24-hour security and cleaning services.

Communal housing (monthly income R1200 – R2500)

Communal housing features a single-room unit with shared ablutions and communal kitchens. Our communal tenants sign a lease for the unit and can choose who shares the room with them (or not), although this housing option has a maximum limit of two adults and two children per room.

Social housing – self-contained units (monthly income R3500 – R22000)

Our social housing units are typically either bachelor, one bed or two bedroom flats with a bathroom and kitchen and tv room

Our Approach to Housing

Market rentals (monthly income above R22000)

Market rentals are provided by the private sector for those earning above R22000 per month. Madulammoho has a subsidary company called Step Up Properties that manages market related rental units.

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